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Old 01-21-2012, 08:52 PM   #1
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Aluminess Nerf bar/step

I had Aluminess drop the step down two inches below their stock setup on the nerf bars I just installed. At first pass when I looked at them in the shop during the install I thought I had made a mistake by lowering them. They look like rock magnets. After driving the van around for a day I've reversed my initial reaction to, I like them they work great as a step. They are down a little to far for those of you who do any serious wheeling but the "Nerf Steps" do make it a lot easier to get in and out of the van. I have 14" of clearance from the ground to the bottom of the nerf bar. Check out the photos I took today when I ran up to Dugan Falls on the Washougal River in Washington.

How much clearance do other people have on their nerf bars?

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Dugan Falls at 7200cfs. If you're wondering the cat boat line is against the bank river right.


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Old 01-21-2012, 11:52 PM   #2
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Re: Aluminess Nerf bar/step

i'M REALLY GLAD YOU ARE POSTING ALL OF THESE COMMENTS. oops cap lock. I have the hoop steps and have knocked the heck out them on rocks especially the side door. They have 14.5" from the ground so a dropped nerf would not be for me. I had them put on because the original nerfs SMB installed in 2004 did not function well as a step (wife, not for me). Great rocker protection but no toe room. I'm very close to doing the Aluminess nerfs so really good info. Thanks, Pat

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Old 01-22-2012, 09:34 AM   #3
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Re: Aluminess Nerf bar/step

Mine are in line with the axle tubes, but I dropped them manually. They are just the regular SMB steps not the Aluminess bars. They're pretty thin aluminum steps and steel brackets, so I think they're pretty likely to be folded, bent or dented by anything harder than a bunny.

Still I'd rather have the step be convenient for the 99% of the time it's not being pushed to the limit. So far only once have I not taken the line I wanted due to the dropped steps, and honestly any rock come along that big and gnarly- time to turn around.

Those look great by the way.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:29 PM   #4
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Re: Aluminess Nerf bar/step

Originally Posted by Gnarvan
How much clearance do other people have on their nerf bars?
Apparently I didn't have quite enough. On the bright side, a little bit of damage has done wonders for my 4x4 cred.

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